Looking for the BEST Ice Cream Shop in Tokyo for kids? We found it.
Hidden away in Ikebukuro, out of sight of most tourists, is a shopping centre called Sunshine City. Inside, there is a fun indoor theme park called Namco Namja Town, a popular haunt for Japanese families looking for something fun to do with their kids. (Take a sneak peek of our visit to Namco Namja Town here.)
If you are looking for the BEST ice cream shop in Tokyo, then visiting here is a MUST. You’ll need to meander through the olde-world ‘streets’ of Namco Namja Town until you find the Fukubukuro Dessert Yokocho “Sweet Street”. (It’s a feast of flavours with two crepe shops, cakes, gelati, and pancakes too.) In one corner, you’ll see a shop with a menu board of ice-cream tub lids outside. THIS is your destination for the best ice cream shop in Tokyo. Never before have I seen so many ice-cream flavours in one spot. If you and your kids are adventurous eaters, there’s something new and exciting for you to try here.
How it works
Ask at the counter for an order form. (They have them in English.) Each flavour is numbered 1 to 51. You pay per scoop. Simple flavours start at 60 yen per scoop, right up to 210 yen per scoop for the two choices that have an alcoholic component.
While there is no minimum requirement, six scoops is standard. Circle the corresponding numbers on the order form and pass it to the ice cream shop assistant. She (or he) will scoop them out in order and show you how they are set out in the tray so you can keep track of the flavours you are eating.
Check out some of these weird flavours you can try – all deserve triple exclaimation marks!!!
- Potato ice cream
- Apple sherbet
- Miso noodle ice cream
- Shark Fin noodle ice cream
- Double cheese ice cream
- Beef tongue ice cream (no!)
- Gold tomatoes with soybean
- Wasabi ice cream (get ready for a hot tongue!)
- Coal ice cream
- Eel ice cream
Roam the Gnome and I were travelling with my mum this day, and we chose:
- Potato ice cream (pleasant)
- Apple sherbet (tangy)
- Strawberry Mille-Feuille (delicious)
- Indian Curry (curry spice lingers…)
- Japanese berry and chocolate (yum!)
- Roasted green tea ice cream (my favourite.)
Indian Curry was as adventurous as we could manage that day. I’m steeling myself for another visit next year and promise to try the EEL ice cream and the BEEF TONGUE. (Hold me to it! I’ll Snapchat it.)
The Inside Scoop
Opening Hours & Entry Fees
- Open 10am to 10pm daily
- Entry to Namco Namja Town is 500 yen for adults (13+) and 300 yen for kids 4 -12 years. Entry fee includes access to the Fukubukuro Dessert Yokocho AND Namja Gyoza station.
- There is a passport you can buy for 3300 yen adults and 2600 yen kids 4-12 BUT as all the attractions inside are in Japanese, it’s probably better to buy the cheap entry ticket and purchase single entry/ride tickets for anything the kids might like. You can buy individual tickets at coin-operated vending machines throughout.
Guest relations & Facilities
- Here’s an English Guide to Namco Namja Town. https://www.namco.co.jp/tp/namja/pdf/english_guide.pdf
- The Best Ice Cream Shop in Tokyo is at position 5 on the map on page 2.
- Phone: 03 5950 0765
- Website (in Japanese) https://www.namco.co.jp/tp/namja/
- 3 minutes on foot from Higashi-Ikebukuro Station (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line)
- 8 minutes on foot from Ikebukuro Station (JR, Tokyo Metro, Seibu Line, Tobu Line)
- 4 minutes on foot from Higashi-Ikebukuro 4-Chome Station (Toden Arakawa Line)
From Ikebukuro Station
- Go to exit 35 of Ikebukuro Station. Walk down Sunshine 60 Dori, and the underground entrance (escalator) to Sunshine City will be visible on the right-hand side next to Tokyu Hands.
From Higashi-Ikebukuro Station
- Walk toward exit 6.7, and a sign should direct you to the “Underground Passage” to Sunshine City.
Location and Map
- Address: 3−1−3 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku Tokyo 170-0013
- Sunshine City World Import Mart Building on 2nd Floor.
Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
By Roam the Gnome, Grandma Angie and I! A must-do experience for the whole family.
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